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Christian Brothers Academy (New Jersey)

Christian Brothers Academy
Christian Brothers Academy Crest
Religio Mores Cultura
Religion, Morals, Culture
850 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ, (Monmouth County), 07738
United States
Type Private, Preparatory, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
De La Salle Christian Brothers
Established 1959
Founders John C. Henderson
Peter E. Fleming
George A. Sheehan
Oversight Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America
President Br. Frank Byrne, FSC '75[1]
Principal R. Ross Fales[1]
Asst. Principal Sean Nunan '87 (academic affairs)
Joseph Finn '89 (student affairs)[1]
Faculty 77.9[2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,002[2] (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 12.9:1[2]
Campus Suburban
Campus size 167 acres (0.68 km2)
Color(s)      Navy and
Athletics conference Shore Conference,[3] Gordon Conference
Mascot Colts[3]
Team name Colts
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Newspaper The Academy Torch
Yearbook Pegasus
Tuition $18,550 excluding fees (2014-15)
Literary magazine Arister

Christian Brothers Academy (also known as CBA or "The Academy"), located in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, New Jersey, United States, is a private, all-boys college preparatory school with a focus on Christian education run by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, founded by St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. The school was originally a farm owned by the prominent Whitney family of New York City, and home to their renowned Greentree Stable. The land was eventually given to the Christian Brothers for the purpose of teaching. The school opened for the first time in September 1959 and was blessed by the Bishop of Trenton on October 11, 1959. Christian Brothers Academy operates independently from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton and is governed by a board of trustees.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,002 students and 77.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1.[2]

The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1967.[4]


  • Awards, recognition, and rankings 1
  • History 2
  • Academics 3
  • Extracurricular activities 4
  • Athletics 5
    • Fall sports 5.1
    • Winter sports 5.2
    • Spring sports 5.3
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Notable faculty 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Awards, recognition, and rankings

During the 1983-84 academic year, Christian Brothers Academy was recognized with the

External links

  1. ^ a b c d 2009-10 School Profile, Christian Brothers Academy. Accessed July 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Christian Brothers Academy, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Christian Brothers Academy, Shore Conference. Accessed March 11, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Member Directory, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed September 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  7. ^ "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  8. ^ College Placements 2010, Christian Brothers Academy. Accessed July 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Romm, Jamie. "CBA recalls 'gregarious and thoughtful man'; Brother Andrew O'Gara was principal at school", Examiner, November 26, 2008. Accessed June 24, 2012. "O'Gara became the first president of CBA in 1991, a position he held until his death. Prior to that appointment, O'Gara had been the principal of CBA since 1979."
  10. ^ Kaplan, Dan. "High school principal gets students to help those in need", Asbury Park Press, May 8, 2005. Accessed June 24, 2012. "Sensing that teenagers usually aren't the first group to volunteer, but believing that helping needy people is a key to adolescent growth, Brother Ralph Montedoro made a change. After he took over as principal in 1992 at the all-boys Christian Brothers Academy high school in the Lincroft section, Montedoro, now 56, instituted a mandatory service program."
  11. ^ Bradshaw, Jennifer. "Catholic school gets new boss", Asbury Park Press, July 7, 2008. Accessed June 24, 2012. "Brother James Butler, 47, is the new face in the main hall's glass office, a space that had been occupied by Brother Stephen Olert, CBA's principal since 2005. Olert was reassigned as coordinator of senior brothers for the Christian Brothers' New York District."
  12. ^ a b Staff. "Christian Brothers Academy names new principal", News Transcript, April 18, 2012. Accessed June 24, 2012. "Peter Santanello has been named the eighth principal of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft. His appointment was announced by Brother Frank Byrne, CBA president. Once an associate principal for academic affairs, Santanello assumed his new role at the end of the 2011-12 school year. He succeeded Brother James Butler, who has been appointed president of La Salle College High School, Philadelphia, following four years at CBA."
  13. ^ 2007 National High School (K-12) Championship, United States Chess Federation. Accessed November 10, 2007.
  14. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  15. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  16. ^ Eighth Annual ShopRite Cup: 2010–11 Final Standings. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 30, 2011.
  17. ^ Twelfth Annual ShopRite Cup 2014-2015 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 10, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Row2k Results 2004. Accessed May 30, 2007.
  19. ^ a b Scholastic Rowing Association Annual Regatta (2006). Accessed May 30, 2007.
  20. ^ New Jersey Scholastic Rowing Championship April 25, 2009 Cooper River, New Jersey Scholastic Rowing Championships. Accessed September 19, 2015.
  21. ^ Scholastic Nationals 2011 Results Summary, Scholastic Rowing Association of America. Accessed September 19, 2015.
  22. ^ High School Sports Record Book - Cross Country, National Federation of State High School Associations. Accessed September 25, 2013.
  23. ^ a b Lambert, Jim. "Christian Brothers keeps on streaking as US #1 team extends its national dual meet record streak to 323",, September 10, 2013. Accessed September 25, 2013. "US#1 Christian Brothers Academy opened its season on Tuesday with a 15−50 victory at Manalapan to extend its remarkable national dual meet winning streak to 323..... Sept. 28, 2004 – CBA defeats Marlboro, 20-43, to tie Blackstone-Millville of Massachusetts for the national record for consecutive dual meet wins with 265. Sept. 30, 2004 – CBA scores a 15-50 win over Middletown North to break the national record with its 266th victory in a row. Blackstone-Millville set the record in 1992."
  24. ^ Boylan-Pett, Liam. "Christian Brothers Academy: The Streak Lives On; A season with the New Jersey high school powerhouse, part III.", Running Times, September 14, 2014. Accessed September 19, 2015. "They haven’t lost since 1973. That’s 329 consecutive dual-meet wins in a row."
  25. ^ Lutz, Jason. "Sports program gives CBA students a full court advantage", Asbury Park Press, October 28, 2010. Accessed June 17, 2011. "Ranked sixth in the U.S., cross country is one of the most storied teams in school history. On Oct. 5, they took on Howell and beat them, attaining their 309th straight dual meet victory."
  26. ^ Vorkunov, Mike. "New Jersey's best teams of the decade: From the Nets to St. Anthony",, December 31, 2009. Accessed June 17, 2011. "CBA owns the nation's long dual-meet win streak at 302, dating back to September 1974, and won eight straight Group championships."
  27. ^ Morris, Tim. "Nike Cross Nationals next stop for Christian Brothers’ harriers", The Hub, December 5, 2013. Accessed September 13, 2015. "The Colts, undefeated during another record-shattering season, defended their Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championship on Nov. 30 and heads to Portland, Ore., for the Nike Cross Nationals, where their goal is to regain the national title they won in 2011."
  28. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Soccer, NJSIAA. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  29. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - North A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  30. ^ Orlando, Chris. "Delbarton (0) at Christian Brothers (1) - Boys Soccer",, November 14, 2011. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  31. ^ Super 25 boys basketball rankings: 1999-00 Final, USA Today, accessed December 19, 2006.
  32. ^ Southeastern Conference Preview: Florida Gators, Lexington Herald-Leader, November 12, 2006. "Donovan added four promising freshmen, including New Jersey Player of the Year Dan Werner."
  33. ^ Morris, Tim. "Legendary career ends as Wicelinski steps down: Leaves CBA as one of state's most successful, popular coaches", Holmdel Independent, May 9, 2007. Accessed May 30, 2007. "With a career record of 625 wins and just 116 losses, he has a record he can match up with anyone. In his 27 years, the Colts have won nine NJSIAA South Jersey state sectional titles (including the last three consecutive) and three Parochial state championships. His teams won 14 Shore Conference Tournament titles in 20 trips to the finals in the 25 seasons the team has been in the conference. CBA won 23 A North Division titles and had an overall division record of 333-12."
  34. ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Non-Public, South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
  35. ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2007.
  36. ^ 2007 Boys Basketball - South A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 25, 2007.
  37. ^ Staff. "CBA tops Holy Spirit", Courier Post, March 11, 2009. Accessed July 30, 2011. "The Christian Brothers Academy boys' basketball program won its 17th sectional title Tuesday night when it used a big second half to down Holy Spirit 64-36 in the Non-Public South A title game."
  38. ^ McKenzie, Doug. "CBA remains atop SCT basketball", The Hub, March 4, 2010. Accessed July 30, 2011. "And while the Colts remained the favorite to win their second straight SCT title, and their 16th overall, Middletown South proved a worthy adversary.... Unfortunately for the Eagles, CBA came out of the break looking like the best team in the Shore once again, and put together a championship-caliber run that propelled them to a 60−44 victory and their seventh SCT title in the last 11 years."
  39. ^ 2012 Boys Fencing, Accessed August 31, 2012.
  40. ^ Rotolo, Chris. "CBA shares Non-Public title after battling to a tie". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  41. ^ Schiffer, Alex. "Middletown's Trevor van Riemsdyk shares Stanley Cup with local community",, July 30, 2015. Accessed September 13, 2015. "The defenseman spent his day showing the Cup to the his former teammates, coaches and teachers, stopping at the Ice Palace in Brick to show it to his youth program, the Brick Stars, followed by his high school, Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft where the school officially retired his no. 6 jersey."
  42. ^ NJSIAA High School Ice Hockey State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  43. ^ Bevensee, Rich. "Non-Public A boys swimming: Christian Brothers tops St. Joseph of Metuchen", The Star-Ledger, February 26, 2011. Accessed June 17, 2011. "With 2010 All-Stater Harrison Cefalo providing his usual terrific performances and the outside lane swimmers surprising even Chiaravalloti with bursts of talent, Christian Brothers proved to be too much to handle for St. Joseph by snatching a 92-78 victory in the Non-Public A championship meet yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. This is Christian Brothers’ second straight state title and its third overall."
  44. ^ History of NJSIAA Team Swimming, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  45. ^ SHORECONFERENCESPORTS.COM BASEBALL TOP 10, 5/18/07,, Accessed May 18, 2007.
  46. ^ Staff, '15 (with a 7-0 win vs. Don Bosco. "Avella's double leads CBA to title", Asbury Park Press, June 7, 2009. Accessed July 30, 2011. "Senior third baseman Dan Avella's two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth inning snapped a tie and sent Christian Brothers Academy on its way to an 8-5 win over Delbarton in the NJSIAA Non-Public A championship baseball game on Sunday at Toms River South."
  47. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed may 23, 2012.
  48. ^ Varsity Rugby, Christian Brothers Academy. Accessed September 13, 2015.
  49. ^ a b Jordan, Bob. "Two enter race so far for GOP freeholder nod in Monmouth", Asbury Park Press, February 11, 2008. Accessed January 30, 2011. "Curley who graduated with Barham from Christian Brothers Academy in 1971 said he is not one of the county party's inside people."
  50. ^ Collar Works, D+M, [2] artist's site
  51. ^ Staff. "Brian Casey '81 Named President of DePauw University", CBA Today, Spring / Summer 2008, pp. 24-25. Accessed January 31, 2011.
  52. ^ John Crotty player profile, accessed December 16, 2006.
  53. ^ Borowski, Greg. "Ideals bind history major to urban policing; City's next chief cherishes duel with civic problems", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 6, 2008. Accessed August 10, 2012. "Flynn grew up in Brielle, N.J., a shore town about 60 south of New York City.... Education was at St. Catherine's School in nearby Spring Lake, then Christian Brothers Academy for high school, graduating in 1966."
  54. ^ Nic LaBrocca player profile, Major League Soccer. Accessed August 20, 2007.
  55. ^ Bradley, Jeff. "Boston Red Sox select Monmouth's Pat Light in MLB Draft", The Star-Ledger, June 4, 2012. Accessed August 10, 2015. "Light, a 6-foot-6 righthanded pitcher out of Monmouth University and Christian Brothers Academy was taken by the Red Sox with the No. 37 overall pick."
  56. ^ "Clijsters, Lynch wed in Belgian ceremony", Asbury Park Press, July 14, 2007. Accessed July 25, 2007. "Retired tennis star Kim Clijsters and U.S. basketball player Brian Lynch, a Belmar resident, were married Friday in a secret early morning ceremony.... Clijsters said she wanted to focus on her wedding and a new life with Lynch, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy who went on to play basketball at Villanova and plays professionally in the Belgian league."
  57. ^ Thomas Jr., Landon."John A. Mulheren Jr., 54, a Top Trader in the 1980's Boom, Dies", The New York Times, December 17, 2003. Accessed October 20, 2012. "In 1967, he graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Roanoke College in Salem, Va."
  58. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "FILM; But Think of All That Orthodontia", The New York Times, October 9, 2005. Accessed August 10, 2015. "When Mr. Pucci auditioned against hundreds of others for the role, he was in his senior year at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft."
  59. ^ Concha, Joe. "RealHoboken Celebrity Series: An Interview with ESPN’s Tony Reali", Accessed October 23, 2007. "One of the aforementioned shows, Around the Horn is hosted by 28-year-old Tony Reali, a Marlboro, New Jersey native and graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft."
  60. ^ Staff. , Winter 2006-07. Accessed October 20, 2012.CBA Today"KENNETH RUSCIO ‘72 NEWLY-INAUGURATED PRESIDENT OF WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY"
  61. ^ "Saints Alum Inks NHL Deal With San Jose"], United States Hockey League. Accessed September 19, 2015. "He is a product of the New Jersey Jr. Devils hockey program and also played at Christian Brothers Academy prior to his time in the USHL."
  62. ^ McKenzie, Doug. "Asbury Park home to a new hoops franchise: New Jersey Squires set to tip off on Nov. 30", Examiner, November 13, 2003. Accessed March 7, 2012. "Another player who will be featured on the Squires is Red Bank’s Andrew Toole, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Christian Brothers Academy alumnus (class of ’98)."
  63. ^ Quasius, Melinda. "Middletown fans travel to support van Riemsdyk", Asbury Park Press, October 5, 2009. Accessed January 30, 2011. "Former Christian Brothers Academy star and 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft second-overall pick James van Riemsdyk returned to the Prudential Center."
  64. ^ Justice, David. "Werner provides glimpse of future", The News & Observer, December 29, 2005. Accessed May 30, 2007. "Werner, a 6-foot-7 Wolfpack recruit out of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., scored 13 points in the first quarter and led the Colts to a 57-30 win over Phoebus of Hampton, Va."
  65. ^ Morton, Rebecca. "'Vampire Diaries' to give Marlboro native star turn", Sentinel, September 10, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2015. "Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years."
  66. ^ WILKENS DAY PARADE SLATED FOR SUNDAY IN MIDDLETOWN, Atlantic Highlands Herald, October 19, 2000.
  67. ^ Quirk, James. "Former pro-wrestling announcer hangs up his tux", Asbury Park Press, November 16, 2000. Accessed January 31, 2011. "GARY MICHAEL Cappetta is a paradox. To his students and coworkers at the Christian Brothers Academy he's Mr. Cappetta, a gregarious amicable Spanish teacher."


Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Coached by Monica Slattery (varsity). Volleyball is a relatively new sport at CBA, and participated in the Shore Conference Tournament in 2009.


Coached by Dan Keane

  • State Champions: '13

Rugby at CBA was a club team from 2011−12. Its first season as a varsity sport was in the Spring of 2013. The team is coached by Patrick Moroney, the head coach of the Monmouth Rugby Club. In their inaugural varsity season, the team won the New Jersey High School State Championship, finishing up an undefeated season.[48] Varsity Rugby Championships:

  • Shore Conference: '05, '06, '08, '09.

Coached by Dave Santos. Won the Shore Conference championship four times ('05, '06,'08 and '09). In '07 they made a run in the state playoffs and lost in the championship to Delbarton. Varsity Lacrosse Championships:


The golf team is coached by Timothy Sewnig. The golf team won the state championship in 2005.


The team was founded in 2004 by Volodar Lojko, Rutgers University and CBA alumnus and former teacher of English at Christian Brothers Academy. In the founding year of the program, it won its first New Jersey State Scholastic Rowing Championships in the Novice 4+ event.[18] In the 2006 season, the team gained national recognition when its newly formed Lightweight 4+ placed 2nd at the Scholastic Rowing Nationals in Saratoga, New York.[19] The Junior 4+ won the New Jersey State Scholastic Championships in 2008. The varsity double took 2nd place at the 2008 Stotesbury Cup, the largest high school regatta in the nation. In 2009, CBA won the senior 1x event at the New Jersey Scholastic Championships.In the 2011 Spring Season, the Lightweight 4+ placed second at the Stotesbury Cup and placed 1st in Nationals in Camden, NJ. Currently, the team is recognized as a varsity sport under the coaching of Scott Belford (also a Rutgers University alumnus).

  • State: '77, '09 (with 8-5 win vs. Delbarton School[46])
  • Parochial "A" South: '77, '01, '02, '05, '08, '09[47]

Under the direction of Head Coach Martin Kenney, the Colts have been a dominant force in New Jersey high school baseball since 1975. In 2007, Coach Kenney earned his 600th career win with a victory over Wall High School.[45] Dozens of former Colts are currently playing NCAA Division I, II, & III Baseball. Varsity baseball championships:


Christian Brothers Academy offers Baseball, Crew, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Rugby, Tennis, and Volleyball.

Spring sports

In the 2007−08 season, the Colt wrestlers finished second in District 22, beating state-ranked Raritan High School, and coming within one place of beating Ocean Township High School for the championship. CBA sent nine wrestlers to the Region tournament, and had 12 of 14 notch wins in districts. They finished their dual meet season with a record of 14−12, and beat traditional rival St. John Vianney High School 35−22 to send them to the Sectional Semi-finals of the Non-Public A South NJSIAA Tournament where they lost to Camden Catholic High School, 35−19. Their season was capped by a 5th in the State finish by Senior Captain Joe Favia. This is the third consecutive season the Colts placed a wrestler in the state tournament.

In 2005-06, the team went 17−4 and made it to the division Finals; the Colts finished ranked 15th in New Jersey and had one state placewinner. The Colts had four district champions and advanced eight to the region 6 tournament. David Santamaria (class of 1998) placed 2nd in the New Jersey high school state wrestling tournament three years in a row; Kevin Mount (class of 1999) placed 4th in the New Jersey high school state wrestling tournament his senior year. Coach Michael Baldi recently retired after years of service. Head coach is Michael Tomaino who received his first career victory as the head coach in the opening match of the 2006-07 season. The team ended with a 14-10 record with three 20-match winners and James Beshada set a school record of 41 single season victories.

  • State: '98, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14[44]

Varsity swimming championships:

The CBA Swim Team has been the Monmouth County and Shore Conference Champions for 22 years in a row coached by Michael Sullivan. Additionally, they also won a state championship in 1998. Notable CBA swimmers are 2000 Summer Olympics bronze medalist Tom Wilkens, and professional baseball player Vito Chiaravalloti, who is varsity swim coach as of October 2008. he 2009−10 swim team went 12−0 and captured their second ever State Championship topping St. Augustine Prep School 86−84. Also the team was the fastest in CBA school history and also the first team to finish top ranked in New Jersey. In 2011 the team took their 21st Shore Conference and Monmouth County Champions victories and also became the first team in CBA history to win back to back State Championships, defeating St. Joseph (Metuchen) 92-78.[43] The 2012 team continued its years of previous dominance by capturing yet another state title.

  • Shore Conference: '05
  • State: '78, '83, '94, '95, '96, '05, '14, '15[42]

Varsity hockey championships:

The CBA hockey program has produced two players, James van Riemsdyk and Trevor van Riemsdyk, to go on to play in the National Hockey League. The school officially retired Trevor's number 6 following his 2015 Stanley Cup victory.[41]

The Christian Brothers Academy hockey team competes in both the Gordon Conference and the Shore Conference. The Christian Brothers Academy ice hockey team is coached by Ryan Bogan. Christian Brothers Academy's home games are played at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall, New Jersey. From 1994-1996, the Colts hockey team won both the Gordon Cup and the State Championship in 3 consecutive years, a difficult feat accomplished by only a few teams. On January 31, 2014, the Christian Brothers Academy team took their talents outdoors in a Stadium Series game against Don Bosco Prep at Yankee Stadium. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie. On March 9, 2014, the Colts battled with Morristown-Beard for the Non-Public State Championship. After 60 minutes of play, the game ended in a 4-4 tie and the teams were declared co-champions, as per NJSIAA rules. This is only the second time that two teams have been declared co-champions[40] On March 9th, 2015, the Colts battled back from a 3-0 deficit to Delbarton in the State Final to win the game 4-3 in overtime. Dean DiFazio scored the goal in overtime to give CBA their second straight state title.

Ice hockey

Coached by Karl Torchia, the track team is known for its dominance in New Jersey. The track program has more titles at the county, state, and national level than any other sports in the school combined.

Indoor track

CBA is adding a varsity fencing team for the 2012-2013 season, after being formed as a club two years prior.[39]


Coached by Patrick Reynolds.

  • Shore Conference: '84, '85, '86, '87, '88, '90, '93, '94, '95, '96, '00, '01, '03, '05, '06, '09, '10.

Varsity Basketball Championships:

The team has reached the Final Four of the Shore Conference Tournament in all but five years since their inclusion, and had not lost a home game to a division opponent in almost ten years until the Colts Neck Cougars ended that streak in December 2006 with a 33-point victory over the Colts. They team earned a national ranking of #11 in USA Today's final 1999−2000 rankings.[31] The team has sent numerous players to Division I programs. Forward Dan Werner won New Jersey Player of the Year on for 2006.[32] Coach Ed Wicelinski retired after 27 years and a 625-116 record. Geoff Billet, CBA '95 was named the head basketball coach on August 1, 2007.[33] The team has won the NJSIAA Non-Public, South A state sectional champions in 2005 (with a 49−43 win vs. St. Augustine College Preparatory School[34]), 2006 (with a 51−47 over Monsignor Donovan High School[35]) 2007 (42-37 over Camden Catholic High School[36]), and in 2009 over Holy Spirit High School by a score of 64-36 for the program's 17th sectional title.[37] In 2010 the Colts won their 16th Shore Conference Tournament title with a 60−44 win against Middletown High School South.[38]


Christian Brothers Academy offers Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming, and Wrestling as sports in the winter season.

Winter sports

The soccer team has won five state championships, in 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2011.[28] Coach Daniel Keane has over 500 victories in his career, a Shore Conference record. The 1998 team recorded an undefeated season over the course of 23 games, and with a record of 21−0−2, the Colts were champions of four titles: A-North Champions, Shore Conference Champions, Parochial A South Champions, and Parochial A State Champions. The 2007 team won the South A state sectional championship with a 3−1 win over Gloucester Catholic High School in the tournament final.[29] The 2011 team recorded an undefeated 21−0−0 record and won all titles − Shore Conference Champs, Sectional Champs and Non-Public State Cup. They defeated Delbarton School by a final score of 1-0 in overtime to win the Non-Public State Championship.[30]


After a period of inactivity, the CBA Sailing Team was revitalized in 2007. Since then, the 12-member team has been an active member of the East League, a division of the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association (MASSA), competing in both the fall and the spring against 15 to 17 other NJ schools. The team competes in larger qualifier regattas a few times each season against schools from the mid-Atlantic region.


On December 3, 2011, the CBA Colts won the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) Cross Country National Championship meet.[27]

The Cross Country team holds the national high school record for consecutive dual meet wins, having surpassed the 265 streak accomplished by Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in Massachusetts from 1974 to 1992, while the team's 25 state championships won ranks fifth in the nation and its 11 consecutive state titles from 1995 to 2005 is the tenth-longest among boys cross country teams.[22] The streak dates back to September 19, 1974, with a 15-49 win over Marist High School to start the season, after ending the previous season with a 15-49 loss to Raritan High School. Blackstone-Millville's record of 265 wins was tied on September 28, 2004, with a win against Marlboro High School and the record broken two days later against Middletown High School North.[23] Through September 2014, the streak had run to 329 consecutive dual meets.[24] The team has been ranked 1st in New Jersey, and 1st in the United States.[25][26] The team extended its streak when it won its 323rd consecutive meet on September 10, 2013, to start the new season.[23]

Cross country

Founded in 2004, the team won its first New Jersey State Scholastic Rowing Championships in the Novice 4+ event in its inaugural year.[18] In the 2006 season, the team gained national recognition when its newly formed Lightweight 4+ placed 2nd at the Scholastic Rowing Nationals in Saratoga, New York.[19] The Junior 4+ won the New Jersey State Scholastic Championships in 2008. The varsity double took 2nd place at the 2008 Stotesbury Cup, the largest high school regatta in the nation. In 2009, CBA won the senior 1x event at the New Jersey Scholastic Rowing Championships.[20] In the 2011 Spring Season, the Lightweight 4+ placed second at the Stotesbury Cup and placed first in Nationals in Camden, New Jersey.[21]


Christian Brother's Academy offers cross country, soccer, sailing, and crew as sports in the Fall season.

Fall sports

The school was the winner of the 2014-15 ShopRite Cup for Group A, finishing with 193 points, the most of any school in the state.[17]

Christian Brothers Academy was recognized in 2011 by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association as the Group A winner of the Eighth Annual ShopRite Cup with first place finishes in Cross Country, Swimming, Indoor Track & Field Relays, Indoor Group Track & Field and Golf, second place in both Ice Hockey and Outdoor Track & field, third place finishes in Wrestling (tied) and Tennis (tied), plus an additional six points awarded for having no disqualifications in the fall and spring seasons.[16]

The Christian Brothers Academy Colts compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[14] All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15]


The school offers the Lasallian Youth program, a way for students to perform service to surrounding areas within the context of the spirituality of the school's patron, St. La Salle.

The CBA chess team won the shore title in 2003, 2006 and again in 2007. In 2007, the team won the New Jersey State Championship as it also did in 1980 and 1985. The team also placed 14th in 2007 at the U1500 at the National High School Chess Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.[13]

  • Academic: Academic Team, Mathematics Team, Science Team, National Honor Society
  • Art/Literature: Academy Torch (Newspaper), Arister (Literary Magazine), Pegasus (Yearbook)
  • Performing Arts: Chorus, Jazz Band, Pegasus Productions (Theater).
  • Foreign Language: Spanish Club, Spanish National Honor Society, French Club, French National Honor Society, Italian Culture Society, Latin Honor Society, Classical Culture Society, Celtic Society
  • Outdoor Activities: Frisbee Club, Sailing Club, Surf Club, Landscaping-Engineering-Architecture and Design Club, SCUBA Club, Ski Club.
  • Politics/Law: Student Council, Junior Statesmen of America, Mock Trial, Model U.N.
  • Religious: Theological Debate Society, Saint Brother Benilde Vocations Club
  • Other: Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Chess Club and Team, Sci-Fi Club, Comic Book and Anime Club, Video Game Club, Squash Club, Ping-Pong Club.

Some activities at CBA include:

Extracurricular activities

Students who excel in CBA and who meet particular standards of academics, service, leadership, and character may apply for entry to the National Honor Society.

In order to receive a diploma, a student must successfully complete four years of each of the following: English, Health, and Theology. He must also complete three years of the following courses: History, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. Furthermore, students are required to complete two years of Computer Science.

In addition to the 21 AP course offered at Christian Brothers Academy, the institution offers nearly 90 other courses that spread throughout the disciplines.

Advanced Placement courses offered include AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Human Geography, AP Latin: Vergil, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP United States History, and AP World History.[1]


Over the years, the school has undergone many additions and renovations, including the building of the Henderson Theater, three science labs, two large gyms, and extra classrooms. The school's Christian emphasis is noted by a sign in the lobby which reads: "Jesus is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes, the model of the faculty and the inspiration of its students." Before school begins and at the start of every class, prayers are offered in the Lasallian manner, beginning "Let us remember we are in the Holy Presence of God" and ending with the invocations, "St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us." "Live Jesus in our Hearts. Forever!"

  1. Brother Bernard McKenna, FSC (1959–1965);
  2. Brother Stephen McCabe, FSC (1965–1972);
  3. Brother Peter Mannion, FSC (1972–1979);
  4. Brother Andrew O'Gara, FSC (1979–1991), who left the office of Principal of CBA to become its first President; He died in office November 7, 2008 to be succeeded by Brother Frank Byrne, FSC '75 in July 2009.[9]
  5. Brother Ralph Montedoro, FSC (1991–2005)[10]
  6. Brother Stephen Olert, FSC (2005–2008)[11]
  7. Brother James Butler, FSC (2008–2012), who left the school after being named President Designate of La Salle College High School in Philadelphia on February 8, 2012.[12]
  8. Peter Santanello (2012–2015) was appointed the first lay principal of CBA by Brother President Frank Byrne, FSC, on March 4, 2012.[12]
  9. R. Ross Fales (2015-Present)

The former Whitney Greentree Stables, a 157-acre (0.64 km2) farm, was purchased and one building was converted into what is now Henderson Hall. With six Brothers and 150 students, the school was opened in September, 1959; two years later the new school building was finished and ready for occupancy. The school has had eight principals since then:

Christian Brothers Academy was founded in 1958, when a group of devoted laymen, including Doctor George A. Sheehan, realized the need for another Catholic high school in Monmouth County. With the approval of the bishop, they initiated a drive to raise funds for the purchase of a piece of property. The Brothers of the Christian Schools, under the leadership of their provincial, Brother Anthony John Halpin, agreed to staff the school and finance its construction.



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